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Ascend the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit on Echoes.

October 17, 2013

Tonight on Echoes we talk to Ashley Capps,
Producer of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

logoThere are many electronic music festivals out there from the Detroit Music Festival to the Ultra Music Festival.  But none have the breadth of acts you’ll find at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, the successor to Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina.  (Moogfest is slated to relaunch the end of April, 2014) The music ranges from the ambient sounds of The Orb to the new wave electronics of Gary Numan to the dark obsessions of Nine Inch Nails.  Tonight, I plug in with Ashley Capps, the festivals promoter and talk about ukeleles, Silver Apples and Halloween darkness.

Ashley Capps of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.

Ashley Capps of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.

There’s a lot of great Echoes acts at MOEMS including Ulrich Schnauss, The Orb, Jherek Bischoff, Gary Numan, Darkside, and Bass Nectar and a lot of bands I expect to blow my mind like Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed you! Black Emperor and Animal Collective.  I’ll be covering it all for Echoes, so check it out in the Echoes Blog, on Twitter @EchoesRadio, on Instagram @EchoesRadio and on Facebook @EchoesFans.

Find out about Mountain Oasis tonight on Echoes.

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Dreams and Machines, Autoharps and Sequencers tonight on Echoes.

October 10, 2013

Tonight on Echoes you can hear a singer-songwriter who could’ve been recording 50 years ago and another who is strickly 21st century.  And I have electronic music that could’ve been made forty years ago and another born from contemporary aesthetics.

Basia-Bulat-Tall-Tall-ShadowBasia Bulat is a singer who has just released her third album, Tall Tall Shadow.  She’s got a fragile, slightly aged voice, although he’s not quite 30 yet and she plays an instrument that hasn’t been in popular music much since John Sebastian played one with The Lovin’ Spoonful: the autoharp.  But she writes some beautiful heartbreaking songs with lovely atmospheres.

HumanJuliette Commagere, on the other hand is a singer who is surrounded by roots music but goes completely electronic on her new album, Human.  Commagere is married to Joachim Cooder, the son of Ry Cooder and she’s sung on several of Ry Cooder’s albums.  While Ry is known for his roots music, Commagere, plugs in with vintage analog synths sounds and creates an album of moody electro-pop that perfectly frames her coolly sexual voice.  In an Echoes Blindfold test, I played Jon Hassell a track by Ry Cooder called “El UFO Cayó.” With just a couple of notes from the singer he just said, “Ahhh, Juliette.”

Solar MaxMajeure signals its roots in its name, drawn from Tangerine Dream’s album, Force Majeure.  Their 2012 album, Solar Maximum is one of those CDs that sounds like the band sneaked into the Berlin studio of Tangerine Dream circa 1974, just after they’d finished recording Phaedra.  It’s sequencers on stun for this band.  Majeure is touring this fall with Mono.

indexThe Orb is a creation of 1990s ambient music, although the influence of Tangerine Dream isn’t far behind on a 2007 album called The Dream.  Neither is early Pink Floyd and Gong on the track we’ll hear, “Codes,” which features glissando guitar from Gong’s Steve Hillage, who we’ve also been hearing a lot on Echoes lately with his System 7 group.  The Orb is touring the US this fall including an appearance at the Mountain Oasis Music Summit.

It’s all a dream tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Two Epic Birthdays: Mike Oldfield & Brian Eno.

May 15, 2013

Tubular Bells-cvrMike Oldfield & Brian Eno both share birthdays today.  Oldfield turns 60 and Eno turns 65.  Each artist has shaped the music we hear today.  Brian Eno has been the more prolific and expansive, working across genres and attaining massive popular success in each of the last 5 decades through his work with other artists like Devo, Talking Heads, David Bowie, U2, and Coldplay not to mention Roxy Music.  Along the way he created or mid-wifed genres like ambient, techno-tribal and generative music.

Brian Eno & John Diliberto from Echoes

Brian Eno & John Diliberto from Echoes

Mike Oldfield’s reputation still rests on his 1973 epic, Tubular Bells, but he’s recorded many brilliant albums since then, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations, Songs of Distant Earth & Voyager.  His remake of Tubular Bells in 2003 was one of the few times a musician succeeded at updating his own work.

Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield

We’ll be featuring Mike Oldfield on May 20 when we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Tubular Bells.  We’ll have interviews with Oldfield, Tom Newman, Brian Eno, The Orb and more, talking about this signature work and the artist behind it.  Sometimes I’m amazed at the young musicians we have on Echoes now, but Mike Oldfield was only 20 when the album was released and he’d started it when he was 17 while playing in Kevin Ayers Whole World.

Hear the story behind Tubular Bells on Monday, May 20 on Echoes.

Here’s a very nice video from the BBC of Mike Oldfield performing Tubular Bells live in 1973.  Pretty amazing what you can do without a single computer in sight.

Here’s Eno with Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins from their sessions for Small Craft on A Milk Sea.

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Ambient Chamber Music Reigns on Echoes Top 25 for June

July 5, 2008

Ambient Chamber music dominates top airplay at Echoes in June.
We’ve been tracking ambient chamber music since the beginning of Echoes when it was mostly Tim Story, David Darling and Kevin Keller, but the subgenre has exploded, in an ambient chamber music way, that is, gently and without many people noticing, partly because it falls in between genres from the ambient chamber world music of Biomusique and Jami Sieber to the Euro-minimalist classical of Ludovico Einaudi and Ronn McFarlane to the folk chamber music of William Ackerman and Gerry O’Beirne. Nine of the Top 10 albums fall into the category and 14 of the Top 25.  When I hear 20-somthing bands like Balmorhea citing 50-something composers like Ludovico Einaudi or the venerable Arvo Part, that tells me that something is happening.  This is another ebb and flow in the evolution of Echoes which has seen influxes of Celtic, space music, electronica and world fusion over the years.  There’s still plenty of electronica, world fusion and unclassifiable music that makes up the Echoes soundscape. Here’s the Top 25 with a few links to reviews.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR JUNE

The 10,000 Steps 1 – Biomusique – The 10000 Steps  <Listen>
Unspoken 2 – Jami Sieber – Unspoken  <Listen>
3 – William Ackerman – Meditations
Indigo Road 4 – Ronn McFarlane – Indigo Road
5 – Fernwood – Almeria
Echoes 6 – California Guitar Trio – Echoes
Divenire 7 – Ludovico Einaudi – Divenire
Nine Heavens 8 – Niyaz – Nine Heavens
9 – Eldad Lidor – Closer
10 – Gerry O’Beirne – The Bog Bodies and Other Stories <Listen>
Translucida 11 – Qntal – Translucida
Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac 12 – Ahn Trio – Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac <Listen>
Peyote Dreaming 13 – Don Peyote – Peyote Dreaming
Short Waves (soundtrack to the DVD) 14 – Richard Bone – Short Waves
Sleepwalking 15 – Christopher Young – Sleepwalking
Future Memories 16 – v/a – Future Memories (v/a)
17 – Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter – Two Worlds One
React 18 – Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React
The Dream 19 – The Orb – The Dream  <Listen>
 Traces (Music for films & documentaries)20 – Michel Banabila – Traces
History, Mystery 21 – Bill Frisell – History Mystery
22 – Deobrat Mishra & David Michael – Himilayan Crossroad
Glow In The Dark 23 – Kevin Bartlett – Glow in the Dark
Echoes of Light and Shadow 24 – David Arkenstone – Echoes of Light and Shadow
The Language of Spirits 25 – Rudy Perrone – The Language of Spirits


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